Choosing Your New Chopper

Chopper

Choppers have become the hot trend among motorcycle enthusiasts and are finally making a place for themselves in the mainstream biking world. A long time ago, these bikes were ridden by feared biker groups but now doctors, lawyers and accountants are seen riding choppers. These bikes’ popularity can be partly attributed to hit television shows such as “American Chopper.” Today, there is a wide array of standard and kit-customized choppers. If you are in the market for a new chopper, the first decision to make is the type of chopper you want.

Bobber

The Bobber has looks that are similar to the original choppers of the 1970s that were mainly manufactured from servicemen who were returning back home to the United States after World War II. These bikes are known for their distinctive looks created by removing unnecessary parts in order to decrease their weight but also improve their performance. The Bobber chopper has seen a significant increase in popularity over the past five years.

Rat Bike

The Rat Bike made its first appearance during the late 1970s and early 1980s. These bikes first piqued the public’s interest when they were shown in “Max Max,” a popular movie of the time. People who own Rat Bikes try their best to keep them road worthy without investing too much money. Many times Rat Bike owners will remove parts from other bikes in order to put the parts on their own chopper. While other types of choppers tend to come in a wide selection of colors, Rat Bikes are usually only made in a Matt Black color.

Pro Street Chopper

Pro Street Choppers are currently the most recognized type of chopper available on the market. The highest quality Pro Streets have a fat rear tires and long extended forks. These bikes jack their style from drag bikes but because of their design, Pro Street Choppers are difficult to handle, particularly on winding roads. Regardless, these bikes really shine when they run down a straight, open road.

Do Not Forget the Rear Suspension

After you have come to a decision regarding the type of chopper you want to buy, you need to decide on its rear suspension style, which will either be a soft tail or a hard tail. Hard tails do not have an actual rear suspension so you will definitely feel the bike seat’s springs. Soft tails have excellent rear suspension in order to make for a comfortable ride. If you plan to spend a lot of time on your chopper, soft tail suspension is the best choice.